RALEIGH, N.C.– It would be illegal for doctors to perform abortions because of the sex of the fetus under a bill filed Wednesday in the state House, the Charlotte Observer reports.
The legislation would allow doctors and other health care providers to be sued for damages and fined heavily if they perform abortions where gender is a significant factor in the woman’s decision.
Under the bill, a pregnant woman, her spouse, parents, siblings, guardian or her own healthcare provider could sue abortion providers, according to the report. Doctors would also be fined if they ignore court injunctions against such abortions.
It’s uncertain whether there are many women who seek abortions based on gender, but about a dozen other states either are considering or have passed similar bills.